Devotion (1931)

80 or 84 mins | Comedy-drama, Romance | 25 September 1931

Director:

Robert Milton

Cinematographer:

Hal Mohr

Editor:

Daniel Mandell

Production Designer:

Carroll Clark

Production Company:

RKO Pathé Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

Working titles of this film were A Little Flat in the Temple and Alias Mrs. Halifax . According to HR , RKO changed the title from Devotion to Alias Mrs. Halifax , then switched back to Devotion . RKO borrowed Leslie Howard from M-G-M for the ... More Less

Working titles of this film were A Little Flat in the Temple and Alias Mrs. Halifax . According to HR , RKO changed the title from Devotion to Alias Mrs. Halifax , then switched back to Devotion . RKO borrowed Leslie Howard from M-G-M for the production. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
4 Oct 31
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Jul 31
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Sep 31
pp. 4-7.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Sep 31
p. 3.
International Photographer
1 Oct 31
p. 28.
Motion Picture Herald
26 Sep 31
pp. 28-29.
New York Times
3 Oct 31
p. 20.
Variety
6 Oct 31
p. 23.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Charles R. Rogers Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
2d cam
Asst cam
Asst cam
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Sd eng
Sd eng
PRODUCTION MISC
Still photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel A Little Flat in the Temple by Pamela Wynne (New York, 1930).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
A Little Flat in the Temple
Alias Mrs. Halifax
Release Date:
25 September 1931
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Pathé Distributing Corp.
Copyright Date:
26 September 1931
Copyright Number:
LP2567
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Photophone System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
80 or 84
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

When lawyer David Trent pays a visit to Emmet Mortimer's London home, Shirley, his overworked and unappreciated "wallflower" daughter, falls instantly in love with him. Determined to break out of her stifling home life, Shirley disguises herself as a dowdy, spectacled matron named Mrs. Halifax and wins a position as Trent's son's governess. As the Cockney Mrs. Halifax, Shirley dotes on Trent and scolds him when he drinks American-style cocktails or stays up too late to work on his legal briefs. After Trent secures an acquittal for Norman Harrington, a popular London painter who was accused of murdering his wife, he invites Harrington to his flat for a victory drink. While chatting with Trent, Harrington notices some of Shirley's hair slipping out of her wig and draws a youthful, flattering sketch of her. From the sketch, Trent finally recognizes Shirley but remains silent about his discovery and, knowing that she will be dining with her father the next night, finagles an invitation to join them. Although entranced by Shirley during the dinner, Trent feigns ignorance of her game until she tries to sneak back into his flat as Mrs. Halifax. After exposing her ruse, Trent confesses his love but, out of propriety, sends her to her friend's house for the night. The next morning, however, Shirley, unable to stay away, returns to Trent's flat as Mrs. Halifax. The romantic relationship blossoms until Trent's long-estranged wife shows up unexpectedly. Shocked by the appearance of Mrs. Trent, Shirley leaves Trent and becomes a model for Harrington, who soon falls in love with her. When Harrington asks Shirley to become his mistress, however, she rejects him ... +


When lawyer David Trent pays a visit to Emmet Mortimer's London home, Shirley, his overworked and unappreciated "wallflower" daughter, falls instantly in love with him. Determined to break out of her stifling home life, Shirley disguises herself as a dowdy, spectacled matron named Mrs. Halifax and wins a position as Trent's son's governess. As the Cockney Mrs. Halifax, Shirley dotes on Trent and scolds him when he drinks American-style cocktails or stays up too late to work on his legal briefs. After Trent secures an acquittal for Norman Harrington, a popular London painter who was accused of murdering his wife, he invites Harrington to his flat for a victory drink. While chatting with Trent, Harrington notices some of Shirley's hair slipping out of her wig and draws a youthful, flattering sketch of her. From the sketch, Trent finally recognizes Shirley but remains silent about his discovery and, knowing that she will be dining with her father the next night, finagles an invitation to join them. Although entranced by Shirley during the dinner, Trent feigns ignorance of her game until she tries to sneak back into his flat as Mrs. Halifax. After exposing her ruse, Trent confesses his love but, out of propriety, sends her to her friend's house for the night. The next morning, however, Shirley, unable to stay away, returns to Trent's flat as Mrs. Halifax. The romantic relationship blossoms until Trent's long-estranged wife shows up unexpectedly. Shocked by the appearance of Mrs. Trent, Shirley leaves Trent and becomes a model for Harrington, who soon falls in love with her. When Harrington asks Shirley to become his mistress, however, she rejects him and returns to her former dreary life at home. To the surprise of her family, a remorseful Harrington drops by to see Shirley one afternoon and proposes marriage. Seconds later, Trent arrives and, after explaining to Shirley that he had not seen his wife for four years, announces that he is securing a divorce. Thus assured of Trent's honor, Shirley eagerly accepts his love. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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